Of fat men, little boys…

24 January, 2013
Rat Fink

…and the smell of karma.

Are the sins of our forefathers coming back to haunt us? I woke up to read that North Korea is now testing nukes that, according to their plans, would be aimed at the US. From the article:

The North’s National Defense Commission said the moves would feed into an “upcoming all-out action” that would target the United States, “the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”

It’s interesting — and scary — to hypothesize about what might have happened here if August 6th and 9th, 1945 had not happened in Japan. There are many theories — all of which heavily depend upon whom you ask. Many claim we did not know the long-range effects of radiation (debatable), and that it was much more effective using a bomb to end a war than to start one, which the North Koreans seem hellbent on doing today. Others believe that it was the only way to keep Russia under control, as it was crucial to the United States to keep the Soviet army out of the war.

I still wonder, though: was vaporizing millions of innocent non-combatants a “necessary military move” in order to end the war? I covet your opinions.

And while the discussion of nukes is sometimes a volatile issue, and definitely political, there is also the humanitarian side of the debate with regard to the ubiquitous collateral human suffering associated with attacks of any kind — be they with bombs or bayonets. Therefore, *making sign of the cross*, I sanction it for this day.

But since I’m 10 minutes late for the shower and the snowy roads, I must fly. Have a good day, fiends — think on these things.

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